We Happen to Think This Idea Applies Not Only
To Writing, But Also to the Rest of Life's Pursuits
'Sometimes when I was starting a new story and could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”'
--Ernest Hemingway, in A Moveable Feast. Thanks to the incomparable Jenny Rough for bringing this to my attention at just the right moment. While you're at it, check out her recent musings in the L.A. Times on seasonal affective disorder, which certainly (as she notes) impacts people in these parts who are affected by the endless gray skies and lack of sunlight of Northeast Ohio winters. She lived for several years on the west coast, and now lives in the D.C. area, but she grew up in Ohio.